Featuring more than 35 paintings from international museums and private collections, ‘High Society’ traces four centuries of glamour as captured by masters of the history of art, including Cranach, Veronese, Velázquez, Gainsborough, Sargent, and Manet. A highlight of the exhibition will be Rembrandt’s pendant portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit; this will be the first time since their restoration that they will be on view to the public. While the glamorous portraits present high society at its very best, there are more than 80 prints and drawings depicting – in explicit detail – events that often took place behind closed doors, such as parties, drinking, gambling and surreptitious visits to brothels and boudoirs. These drawings and prints are from the Rijksmuseum’s own collection. Find out more about the ‘High Society’ exhibition from the Rijksmuseum’s website.
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